A historic, lakeside B&B with high-quality rooms and mountain views, Barcaldine Castle offers a chance to live like a Scottish laird in times gone by. Along with open fireplaces, secret staircases and four-poster beds, you’ll get glorious views and genuine charm.
Set back from the road overlooking Loch Feochan, Knipoch Hotel is a grand, pale yellow building nestled against a leafy background. The house dates back to the 15th century, though it is has been extended and rebuilt on many occasion over the years. Its historic background is most evident in the restaurant, which is the oldest part of the building. Here, exposed stone walls, stone slab floors, and dark oak wood panels which originated in Ypres Cathedral, decorate the three attractive dining rooms.
Historic, feature pieces of furniture can be found throughout the property, along with portraits on the walls and large fireplaces in public areas. Decor is simple but comfortable in the 20 rooms which have a traditional style and large windows, most of which offer loch views.
Pleasant gardens surround the hotel, which was the home of the Craig family until the 1980s, when they decided to convert the building into a hotel. The family still own and run the hotel and offer a warm welcome as well as expert advice on the local area.
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The hotel has 20 bedrooms, most of which are front-facing so the large windows offer views across the loch. The decor is simple with dark red throws and cushions set against pale walls and warm woods. All rooms are similar in size but the en suite bathrooms are compact and can feel a bit dated in places. Most have a bath over a shower. All rooms offer complimentary Wi-Fi, TV and a radio.
Situated on the south of Loch Feochan and overlooked by the Argyll hills in all directions, Knipoch Hotel feels very rural yet is only 15 minutes south of Oban by car. It is set just off the main road within its own gardens.
Food and drink
The hotel’s restaurant is set across three small dining rooms in the oldest part of the building. Each of the rooms has its own character, with exposed stone, wood panels or distinctive red walls. The menu features local ingredients with a focus on fresh fish and game, while the bar has a large range of Scottish whiskies.
We like the rural location of this attractive hotel, which is only 15 minutes’ drive from the heart of Oban. Staff are friendly and the atmosphere here is relaxing.
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Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
Overlooking the bay towards Kerrera Island, Perle Oban Hotel offers chic accommodation in an imposing Victorian building. Within the grand exterior, the hotel has been elegantly renovated, and contains a Mediterranean restaurant and an in-house cafe.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
Explore the castles and fortifications of Scotland’s west coast on this full-day, private guided tour which takes in an Iron Age fortification, a ruined medieval castle and an extravagant 18th-century mansion set on the shore of the country’s longest sea loch.
Explore the coastline of western Scotland where narrow channels of water produce rushing tidal races and the Corryvreckan whirlpool, the world’s third largest, which is a magnet for marine life including whales, sharks and porpoises.
Explore the prehistoric burial cairns, stone circles and standing stones in Kilmartin Glen south of Oban. The region was inhabited for more than 5,000 years and with 350 sites of interest has the richest concentration of Neolithic and Bronze Age remains in Scotland.